MIOSHA Fact Sheet Using Aerial Lifts by coryelJudie


									                                                                                     MIOSHA Fact Sheet
                                           Consultation Education & Training Division

                                                                                            Using Aerial Lifts

The major causes of injuries and fatalities involving aerial lifts are falls, electrocutions, and collapses or
tip-overs. Aerial devices include boom-supported aerial platforms, such as cherry pickers or bucket
trucks, aerial ladders and vertical towers, scissor lift and mobile scaffolds. Safe work practices for aerial
lifts include:

   Ensure that workers who operate aerial lifts are properly trained and tested in the safe use of the equipment and
    issued a permit. Perform the required inspection of the equipment prior to use and repair any damage or defects
    affecting the safe operation before use. Conduct a job site or workplace survey of the area it will be operated in.

   Maintain and operate aerial lift according to the manufacturer's instructions and keep a copy with the lift.
    Always stand firmly on the basket floor. Do not sit or climb on the edge or rails of the basket. Never use
    planks, boxes or other items inside the basket to extend your reach.

   Ensure that all wheels of an elevated lift are on a solid base. Use outriggers, if provided. Set
    the brakes and use wheel chocks when on an incline. Do not exceed the load limits of the
    equipment. Allow for the combined weight of the worker(s), tools and materials.

   De-energize and lockout/tagout aerial lifts before performing any maintenance or repairs.

Working near Power Lines
Maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet away from the nearest overhead line, this includes any
conductive objects such as tools or other equipment. Always treat overhead lines as energized, even if they are
down or appear to be insulated. Only qualified power line and communications workers and qualified line-
clearance tree trimmers may work closer than 10 feet. Never lose awareness of the overhead hazard.

Traffic, or Caught-in Hazards
Establish and clearly mark a danger zone around the aerial lift. When subject to traffic follow the requirements
in Part 6 of the Michigan Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and Construction Safety Part 22 Signals,
Signs, Tags and Barricades. Never move the equipment with workers in the elevated platform unless the
equipment has been specifically designed for that operation. When positioning, be aware of fixed overhead
hazards, such as structural members to prevent being caught between then and the aerial lift.

Fall Protection
Provide the proper type of fall protection based on the type of aerial lift being used and the working conditions.
Do not allow workers to belt off to an adjacent pole, structure or equipment while working from an aerial lift.

                                                 DELEG is an equal opportunity employer/program.
             Auxiliary aids, services and other reasonable accommodations are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

                                                  Consultation Education & Training Division
                                  7150 Harris Drive  P.O. BOX 30643  LANSING, MICHIGAN 48909-8143
                                               www.michigan.gov/miosha  (517) 322-1809
                                                (MIOSHA/CET #0176  Revised 11/17/2008)

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